Dole Plantation Review, Oahu Hawaii

Woman makes Dole Whip Dole Plantation Review

After six straight days of thunderstorms across the islands, I asked Ben if we could please try to find the sun. We’d been able to have some really fun adventures during cloudy breaks in the rain, but I was ready for some lighter weather. I’m not such a tough girl.

Well, we couldn’t escape the rain, but Ben sure did everything possible trying! His technique was to drive toward the part of the island which was scheduled to see rain last, and follow the bit of clear space as it moved across the island.

That’s how we ended up at the Dole Plantation in Wahiawa, Oahu.

Of course I was interested in going there- it’s a food sight, for goodness’ sake- but I honestly had no idea how invigorating a place it would be. After 2 busy sunny days (finally!), I still consider this plantation visit one of the best things we did on our trip!

Dole Plantation Wahiawa, O’ahu

First of all, the cat is out of the bag on this one. It’s no secret spot. We entered into a giant gift store with everything from pineapple candy to stuffed pineapple dolls, t-shirts, coasters, hats, sunglasses, pillows, shot glasses, etc. and people speaking all sorts of languages crowded together considering it all.

We were all brought together by our love of pineapple. Or  by seeking a refuge from the storm.

We had a great time laughing over the many, many, many items for sale and which would be amazing gag gifts for our family. It’s hard not to get sucked into a place like that!

The plantation also offers a tour via the Pineapple Express train, a pineapple hedge maze, a pineapple garden, pineapple cutting demonstrations, and fish feeding pond, but the real reason to stop in is…. drum roll…. THE DOLE WHIPS.

World Famous Dole Whip

What is the secret to this incredible pineapple soft serve? Seriously. I need to know. We’re about to travel around the world and I have no know where I can get (or make) my next fix!

We made the agonizing decision to order the Pineapple Waffle Cone ($9.95) with one giant swirl of soft serve + pineapple chunks and strawberry topping vs. the Pineapple Split ($26.95) which is three towers of soft serve inside a pineapple quarter.  It was tempting, but we hadn’t eaten lunch yet and too much sugar on an empty stomach just hurts. You really can’t blame us.

The Waffle Cone was still more than we could finish, delicious though it was. Oooooooh it was good. Except for the 3 heaps of canned pineapple which stuffed the bottom of the waffle, ironically.

Dole Plantation Review

Pineapple at the Dole Plantation

After our sweet treat we dragged ourselves to a pineapple garden with informative placards on how the farm operates. To be honest, it seems like a really inefficient fruit. The plants have to be hand planted, take 18 months to produce their first of 3 fruits over a 45-month lifespan, require hand harvesting, and take up a lot of space to store and ship in freight ships or airplane to Mainland, U.S.A.

But people seem to like it! And as long as the Dole Whips keep coming I’m a happy camper. Grow your pineapples however you see fit.

We didn’t pay for the official garden tour, the Pineapple Express train ride, or the pinapple maze because seeing the zany pineapple-themed items in the gift store, reading about how pineapples are harvested, and eating our Dole Whip sundae felt very satisfying. I just didn’t feel the need to prolong the trip when we had already done more pineapple things than we thought possible!


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  • Melanie

    That looks so delicious! I love anything that is pineapple flavored.

  • Autumn

    While I’m still experimenting with quantities I have been able to recreate the resemblance of dole whip flavor at home. Start with Vanilla ice cream (I use homestyle-can’t be vanilla bean), add some pineapples and pineapple juice. Combine them in a blender and let them refreeze a bit in the freezer. It’s not perfect but is close enough to curb the cravings!

  • Sydni

    It looks like you guys had an amazing time! That looks really tasty!

  • erin

    Yum!! Dolewhips are my favorite treat in Disney, i’d love to travel to Hawaii and have one there!

  • Jenna

    Yummm! What I fun unexpected experience. I love those unplanned fun times. Especially when it includes a sweet treat! Thanks for spreading the word of this fun adventure ❤️

  • Nadalie Bardowell

    That looks so delicious and one heck of an experience. I would like to visit the plantation and enjoy all the flavours they have to offer.

  • Toni

    Yum!! That looks amazing!! I’d love to visit the plantation someday!!

  • Doreen

    That Dole Whip looks delish! I would love to try it lol

  • Nicole

    It looks like you had an amazing trip! I would definitively put visit the Dole Plantation on my list of things to do should I ever end up on the island. Obviously, I’d need a dole whip or two!

  • Megan

    This looks WAY too delicious. I’m going to have to look into this now… 🙂

  • Evelyn, Path of Presence

    YUM and FUN!!! Next time I’m on Oahu, I’ll need to be sure to make a trip there. If nothing else, the ice cream is calling me hard! =) xo Evelyn, Path of Presence

  • Elizabeth O

    Wow, this place looks incredible. It looks like you had an amazing time, and the Dolewhip looks absolutely delicious.

  • Emily Fata,

    I’ve heard such amazing things about the Dole Plantation and I’m dying to go there one day! I need that gigantic sundae in my life ASAP! Haha 🙂

  • Rachel

    I have heard so much about the Dole Whip but I have never had one. I am sad that when I went to Disney I didn’t get one. I heard about them right after we got back.

  • Jennifer

    I love learning new things, and this seems like a great place to go! 🙂

  • Bola Lawal

    Awesome that you guys could find a place with no rain yet, The plantation looks really amazing so does the food.

  • Heather

    I just got back from Maui and one of the best parts of the trip was eating the amazing Maui Gold pineapples!

  • Kaydeon

    I would be in heaven, if I ever get the chance to go there lol, where there is dessert it’s always a treat for me lol x

  • Pujarini

    I would love to travel to Hawaii to have this amazing looking dish

  • TheHappyFoodKitchen

    That looks so delicious!!! Cannot believe that’s the small one though – it looks big enough to serve a family!!!

  • Amanda Sharp

    This looks delicious! Pineapple flavor has become one of my favorites! Yum!

  • Nicole

    I can’t believe your Hawaii visit got rained out! It’s so unfair – but I have to admit the fact that you found this little gem (can it be a gem if everyone knows about it?) is amazing! Pineapples are such a funny fruit. I thought they grew on a tree or bush or something before I went to Hawaii. It’s so weird how they actually grow! Good luck finding more of your Pineapple whip!

  • Karin

    Oh this makes me want to go back to Hawaii!! What a great review!

  • Emily

    My jealousy just went through the roof!!! Seriously, the trip, the treats, oh my! Loved living vicariously through you while reading this.

  • Tara

    I loved visiting here!

  • Katie

    Don’t go to the plantation! It’s a waste of your time and money. My husband and I were just there in January. It’s a huge tourist trap. The “train” (small tractor?) ride just drives past the fields and rusted equipment. There is a recording with obnoxious music to listen to. We did not go through the garden. We also thought the maze was meh. If you have ever been in a corn maze this is not at all impressive or worth your money. The pineapple cutting demonstration was abour 3 min long and just ok. Also we did not love the pineapple whip. We love pineapple and ice cream, but this just didn’t cut it for us. Don’t waste your time and money. Keep driving past and go up to the north shore instead.

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